Motorists looking for cheap fuel should pop into their nearest Tesco to save 10p per litre on petrol and diesel for a limited time. Here's a bit more about the offer – as well as some timeless tips on how to save on fuel in the long-run.
Tesco cuts fuel price by 10p per litre
Tesco is offering 10p per litre off fuel when you spend £60 or more on your next shop.
The offer applies to in-store and online orders made or delivered between 25 January and 11 February – vouchers issued at the till are valid for two weeks while vouchers issued online will be valid until 25 February.
Just be aware that the offer excludes certain purchases such as gift cards, stamps, 10p carrier bags and Wine by the Case.
Before you dive in, it helps to balance up the value of the offer with how much you would spend normally.
If you're not a regular Tesco shopper, it may not be worth forking out £60 for a few pounds off the price of a tank, particularly if you don't have a Clubcard to boost your savings.
If the offer isn't for you, this guide is filled with more brilliant tips to reduce your spend at the pump.
Find the cheapest local petrol or diesel price
The price you pay at the pumps will vary depending on where you live.
There are even greater variations depending on which specific fuel station you choose to fill up at.
Make sure you do your homework to find the cheapest station in your area. You can do this easily enough by entering your postcode on PetrolPrices.com and comparing prices nearby.
Petrol station loyalty cards
Various petrol stations offer loyalty cards, which can help you save on the cost of filling up.
For example, Texaco operates the Star Rewards scheme. You get one point for every litre of petrol or diesel that you buy.
Once you hit 500 points, you can turn that into a £5 voucher to use the next time you fill the car. You'll get 50 bonus points for signing up, getting you well on the way to the 500-point mark.
Alternatively, you can convert those points into vouchers for retailers including Argos and Marks & Spencer.
Shell operates a similar scheme called Shell Drivers Club. At the moment you can bag double points, so you get two points for every litre of Shell Regular Diesel, Shell Regular Unleaded and Shell Autogas LPG or four points for every litre of V-Power unleaded or diesel.
Further points can be earned when you spend in the service station, or if you get your car washed. You can then convert 500 points into a £2.50 voucher.
Pay with the right credit card
Using the right credit card to pay for your fuel is also an easy way to save cash.
The ASDA Cashback Plus Credit Card will give you 2% cashback on fuel purchased at ASDA (as well as on all ASDA shopping). However, there's a £36 annual fee to consider.
The ASDA Cashback Credit Card, meanwhile, pays 1% cashback on all ASDA fuel purchases and has no annual fee.
As always with cashback cards, only use them if you can pay off your debt in full each month, or the interest you rack up will far outweigh the benefits.
Improve your car's fuel efficiency!
The final way to ensure that you pay as little for your petrol and diesel every time you fill up is to make your fuel go further.
Here are some simple things that the motoring experts at WhatCar? recommend doing to improve your fuel efficiency.
Remove excess weight
Take those bulky items out if you don’t need them – if the baby is staying at home, so can their buggy!
Things like bike racks and roof boxes add extra wind resistance, so your car has to work harder. If you aren’t using them, take them off.
Look after your car
Get your car serviced regularly and pump up your tyres. Look after your car, and it will look after your bank balance.
Plan your journey
Work out your route before you head off. That way you won’t end up driving further than necessary, or get stuck in traffic.
Do you really need the air con on?
Unless you really need it, leave the air conditioning off. The same goes for all other electrical appliances in the car.
Be gentle with your gear changes and braking.
Some modern cars are fitted with engine stop-start technology. Making the most of that, by taking your foot off the clutch when you are stationary, will help you save fuel.
WhatCar? research suggests that driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than going at 70mph.
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